The Loneliness COVID-19 Grant Fund – now accepting applications from national organisations tackling loneliness during COVID-19. England only. Deadline 29 May.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is inviting national organisations working across England to tackle loneliness to apply for a share of £5 million to help those most at risk as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Grants of between £500,000 and £1,000,000 are available through the  Loneliness COVID-19 Grant Fund. Please note that consortia applications are not eligible for this grant programme.

To be eligible, services must be able to demonstrate their ability to reach people in ‘cold spots’ where informal neighbourly support and small local charities are not able to fully meet needs around social connection.  

They must also serve the needs of groups particularly at risk of loneliness, including those noted in ONS analysis, the Community Life Survey and Sport England’s Active Lives Survey data, and continue, adapt or expand existing provision where there is a track record of successful delivery. And, they must also be services that cannot be provided without this additional funding.

The deadline for applications is 12pm on Friday 29 May, with the expected outcomes of the fund being effective, targeted relief for those most at risk of loneliness as a result of Covid-19, and contributing to the evidence base on Covid-19 and loneliness.

Further information on the Loneliness COVID-19 Grant Fund, together with details about how to apply and access to the application form, can be found on the GOV.UK website.